Western Animation: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
"Everyone tells me you are a fake, but I believe in you. P.S.: If you really are a fake, don't tell me. I don't want to know."
—Linus van Pelt
This is not a Halloween Special. It's the Halloween special.It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown first aired on CBS in 1966, based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. It was the second holiday-themed Peanuts special after the sensation that was A Charlie Brown Christmas, and is nearly as beloved today.As night falls on Halloween, Linus is headed for the local pumpkin patch and, he hopes, the arrival of the Great Pumpkin — a Halloween analogue to Santa Claus that only he believes in. While he and Charlie Brown's sister Sally (who has a crush on him) wait on the Great Pumpkin, the other kids trick-or-treat and attend a party, and Snoopy is off on his own pretending to be a World War One flying ace.
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown contains examples of:
Berserk Button: In the last scene and Closing Credits, when Charlie Brown tries to comfort Linus by relating, "I've also done a lot of stupid things in my life", Linus berates him, through all of the closing credits.
Also, Sally after realizing that they've wasted Halloween night in a pumpkin patch (see Woman Scorned below).
Bootstrapped Theme: The music from the title sequence, "Linus and Lucy", is often considered the Peanuts theme song.
Jerkass: Every single neighbor who gave poor Charlie Brown a rock.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lucy is her usual crabby self here, mocking Linus for believing in the Great Pumpkin. However, she does ask for candy for him too when she goes trick-or-treating (albeit begrudgingly), and when he does not return home from the pumpkin patch by 4:00 A.M., she gets out of bed, walks out to the pumpkin patch, leads her brother home and puts him to bed.
More than that- it wasn't that he just wasn't home, she set her alarm to make sure he got to bed.
Kick the Dog: Again, the neighbors that give all the kids candy but keep giving Charlie Brown rocks.
Long Runners: It's only one special, but considering how long it's been on TV? It definitely counts.
Loophole Abuse: Lucy gets Charlie Brown to kick the football by showing him a document saying she won't pull it away when he kicks. Turns out the document wasn't notarized.
Not on the List: Lucy believes Charlie Brown got invited to the Halloween party by mistake, being put on the list of people to invite rather than the one of people not to invite.
Off Model: This special was produced cheaply and quickly; the animation suffered as a result.
Shout-Out: Snoopy's imagination sequence about being shot down and trekking to the Halloween party references Wings.
Writing to the Great Pumpkin, Linus notes that not as many people believe in him as Santa Claus, then adds, "But being number two, perhaps you try harder." This is a reference to a well-known advertising slogan used by Avis Rent-a-Car in the '60s.
The Speechless: Snoopy may be a dog who can't talk, but he seems to be treated as good as human by the rest of the cast.